How Has the Recession Affected Yoga Instructors?

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Posted on 9th June 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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I have often entertained the idea of becoming a certified yoga instructor, so the question posed by the editor of Slate Magazine got me thinking – How do yoga teachers make ends meet when most work part time shifts and are unlikely to get the health benefits that come with having a full time job?  The article poses some great questions but offers no answers…
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A Haiku for a Free Yogitoes Towel

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Posted on 6th June 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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ShareYoga is hosting a contest this month that involves writing a yoga-related haiku.  I wasn’t going to do it at first, but then I had a change of heart and figured I might as well try – what have I got to lose?  The winner of the most creative yoga haiku wins a pink Yogitoes towel!  A yogitoes towel is placed over a mat to give added traction and prevent slippage.  It’s worth $55!
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Running – There’s Nothing Like It.

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Posted on 5th June 2009 by Jiggly in Cardio and Toning

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Hi Yogis!  My inquiring mind wants to know – do any of you supplement your yoga with other forms of exercise?  You probably know this by now, but my other exercise of choice is running.  It is as calming and rejuvenating as yoga, but in a very different way.  It isn’t so much about being still as it is about complete release.
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Funky-licious Yoga Ads that Make Me Jealous!

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Posted on 1st June 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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I stumbled upon a site called Toxel and in today’s post they showed off lots of cool and creative ways to market yoga!  This is one site

I’m definitely adding to my Google Reader.  I’m reposting some of their pics here, but definitely check them out at www.toxel.com.  I wish I was this creative!  They say not to judge a book by its cover, but when a yoga studio has a great looking website or a book has a neato cover, doesn’t it make you more interested in it?  It does for me anyway!
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Is Yoga the New Church?

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Posted on 12th May 2009 by Jiggly in Lifestyle

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That was the question posed by The Huffington Post.  It seems that Americans are veering more and more away from formal religion and focusing on self improvement instead.  They boldly state that:

… more and more people are connecting with regular and diverse spiritual practices such as meditation, yoga, mindfulness, expressive arts (such as dance, group singing/chanting), self-help studies, and spiritual travel. These things can all be done in connection with religious affiliation or without. These are not belief systems, they are active practices that shift awareness, emotion and help us to see where we get stuck in life.

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The Unexpected Side Effect of Bikram Yoga

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Posted on 6th May 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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I was first lured into trying Bikram Yoga because a new studio had opened up near my house, and I was hearing so much buzz about Bikram Yoga that my curiosity got the best of me.  What cinched the deal was this 2 week unlimited special the studio had going for $27.  I was certainly expecting to increase my flexibility and tone up – and I have!  But one side effect I wasn’t even thinking about or searching for was the way my complexion has improved ever since I took on the practice!  For those who struggle with their skin, they know it’s no fun at all.  It’s so frustrating that as an adult in her mid-20s, I still have to deal with the neverending blemishes that pop up here and there.  For me, it feels like just when one pimple is about to go away, another one rears its ugly head!  Who feels me on this?!
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“Lock the Knee Lock the Knee Lock the Knee!”

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Posted on 3rd May 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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How many of us have heard that phrase before???

For those of you who have practiced Bikram Yoga at least once or twice, you’re probably familiar with the phrase “lock the knee lock the knee lock the knee!”.  Locking the knee does NOT mean locking your knee so hard that it hyperextends and protrudes backwards.  So what exactly is the proper way of “locking the knee” and what is the purpose and benefit of us doing so?
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Debunking the Yoga Myths!

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Posted on 1st May 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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mythsThere’s so much jibber jabber out there about yoga and half of it isn’t even true.  So I’ve made it my mission today to clarify what is and isn’t true about yoga!

  1. “It’s a woman thing” - NO it isn’t!!  In fact, yoga was started by men over 5,000 years ago.  Yoga is for anyone wanting to live a healthier life!  Men cook too don’t they?  Anyone can do yoga, and at least 1/3 of my yoga class is filled with men – strong, burly, rugged men.  I don’t even want to get into the sexual orientation discussion… let’s just say, yes straight men do it too!
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Bikram – the 26 Postures

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Posted on 28th April 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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I’ve been looking everywhere for a good website that provides detailed information on the poses and their benefits.  I finally found what I was looking for on the Bikram Yoga Seattle website.  Check it out!  Roll your mouse over each of the poses, and then the description and health benefits of each pose will pop up on the left hand column.  Enjoy!

Yoga has its Place in Microfinance

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Posted on 25th April 2009 by Jiggly in Yoga and Pilates

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Microfinance has been a longtime interest of mine so imagine my surprise when I found something that tied two of my loves – yoga and microfinance – together!  Yay!

Microfinance is the supply of loans and other financial services to the poor who are unable to qualify for loans through regular banks.  It was founded by Muhammad Yunus, who believed that in order to help the poor we need to help them help themselves.  He thought one way to do this could be to provide them with small loans that they would repay over time.  This would give the poor the opportunity to get the funding needed to start up their own little businesses and slowly earn revenue, thereby supporting themselves in the long run.
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